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#OKAYAFRICADC: The Live Mix

Stream a live African music mix from our Okayafrica DC party.


Recorded live at club Tropicalia in Washington D.C. last night, this live mix is only a fraction of the experience at our #OKAYAFRICADC parties. We counted 345 people at the door. You'll even here the host and the crowd in the background. Truly a rough cut with no over-edited studio mumbo jumbo. ALL ORGANIC, NO WHEAT, SUGAR OR GLUTEN VIBES! Listen on the train or while you clean your apartment! Three hours and counting!

Resident spinner and curator DJ Underdog provided sounds that were mind-wide and foot-friendly, while Jahsonic and Jay Rags accompanied the mood of the night with serious grooves. Stream/limited download below.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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